Sun, 01 Jan 2006

2006 Web/Consumer Electronics Predictions

  1. Windows Vista will slip into 2007. There will be at least two very high profile “retirements” at Microsoft attached to this.
  2. Comcast will offer TiVo service bundled with its set top boxes. Existing TiVo customers will be disappointed with the costs and technical hurdles involved in tying together their existing accounts with Comcast’s offering.
  3. Xbox360 early adopters will complain loudly about a 6-month “game drought”, as the gap between the launch titles and the next wave of games makes them question the wisdom of an early purchase.
  4. Sony will ship the Playstation 3 on the ninth of September. There will be at least one flawless game, and about 2 dozen mediocre ones. Early sales will be quite strong, as the system will be one of the cheapest ways to get a BluRay disc player attached to your HDTV.
  5. HDTV will achieve a 25% penetration rate in N. American households around Christmas 2006, thanks to extremely aggressive pricing on LCD sets from east Asian manufacturers.
  6. Apple will finally announce it’s living-room entertainment solution. They will ship a broadband attached set top box/DVR (basically an Intel-based Mac mini on steroids) with dual HD tuners, CableCard support, an iPod dock, and 802.11n. It will, of course, be tightly coupled to the iTunes store. They will also ship several different Cinema displays which will be styled to match.
  7. Google will partner with Apple to provide web services for the new home entertainment platform.
  8. Yahoo will continue to buy startups, and will continue to fail to integrate them into their main-line business.
  9. Google will introduce Google Calendar, which will expose an AtomAPI-based facility for synchronization.
  10. There will be several dozen new OPML applications. None will interoperate in any meaningful fashion, and the developers will be forced to wear a scarlet “F” (for funky) on their shirts.

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Festivity Level 1: Your guests are chatting amiably with each
other, admiring your Christmas-tree ornaments, singing carols around
the upright piano, sipping at their drinks and nibbling hors d’oeuvres.

Festivity Level 2: Your guests are talking loudly — sometimes
to each other, and sometimes to nobody at all, rearranging your
Christmas-tree ornaments, singing “I Gotta Be Me” around the upright
piano, gulping their drinks and wolfing down hors d’oeuvres.

Festivity Level 3: Your guests are arguing violently with
inanimate objects, singing “I can’t get no satisfaction,” gulping down
other peoples’ drinks, wolfing down Christmas tree ornaments and
placing hors d’oeuvres in the upright piano to see what happens when
the little hammers strike.

Festivity Level 4: Your guests, hors d’oeuvres smeared all over
their naked bodies are performing a ritual dance around the burning
Christmas tree. The piano is missing.

You want to keep your party somewhere around level 3, unless
you rent your home and own Firearms, in which case you can go to level
4. The best way to get to level 3 is egg-nog.